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RULE §465.6Listings, Public Statements and Advertisements, Solicitations, and Specialty Titles

(a) Listings.

  (1) Licensees providing supervision and any individuals practicing under that supervision are responsible for ensuring that all materials relating to the practice of psychology upon which the supervisee's name or signature appears must indicate the supervisory capacity of the supervisee and the name of the licensee providing the supervision.

  (2) Supervisory capacity must be indicated by one of the following:

    (A) Supervised by (name of supervising licensee);

    (B) Under the supervision of (name of supervising licensee);

    (C) The following persons are under the supervision of (name of supervising licensee); or

    (D) Supervisee of (name of supervising licensee).

  (3) Only licensed psychologists may be listed in telephone directories under the title of "Psychologists."

(b) Public Statements and Advertisements.

  (1) Licensees shall not authorize, use or make any public statements and advertisements that are false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent, either because of what they state, convey or suggest or because of what they omit concerning the practice of psychology or their own training, experience or competence; their academic degrees; their credentials; their institutional or association affiliations; publications or research.

  (2) Licensees who learn of false or deceptive statements about their practice of psychology or their status as providers of psychological services make reasonable efforts to correct such statements.

(c) Solicitation of Testimonials and/or Patients.

  (1) Licensees do not solicit testimonials from current therapy clients or patients or from other persons who are vulnerable to undue influence.

  (2) Licensees do not engage, directly or through agents, in uninvited in-person solicitation of business from actual or potential therapy patients or clients.

(d) Specialty Titles. A psychologist may use a specialty title only when one of the following criteria have been met:

  (1) Doctorate in the area of specialization;

  (2) Retraining under the American Psychological Association retraining guidelines of 1977;

  (3) Documentation that the title has been used for five years and documentation of academic coursework and relevant applied experience, if an individual was matriculated in a doctoral program in psychology in 1977 or before;

  (4) Certification or approval or specialist status has been granted by a professional, refereed board, provided that the licensee indicates the name of the board which granted the title and that the individual's status with the specialty board is current and in good standing. Use of the term "Board Certified" or "Board Approved" or any similar words or phrases calculated to convey the same meaning shall constitute misleading or deceptive advertising, unless the licensee discloses the complete name of the specialty board that conferred the aforementioned specialty title, certification, approval, or specialist status.

Source Note: The provisions of this §465.6 adopted to be effective June 3, 1999, 24 TexReg 4017; amended to be effective December 2, 1999, 24 TexReg 10551; amended to be effective July 8, 2001, 26 TexReg 5006; amended to be effective May 30, 2007, 32 TexReg 2863

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